You become a Christian by believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You become a Baptist by believing the rest of Bible. Here are three reasons I’m glad to be a Baptist.
1. Baptists were never part of the Roman Catholic church.
There’s been a lot of talk about the Reformation lately. I’m glad that men stood up against the doctrinal and moral corruption of the Roman Catholic church. Many groups came out from among the Catholic church and eventually become Christian denominations. I’m for anyone who believes and proclaims the saving power of faith in Christ alone. However, every denomination that left the Catholic church also retained some of its false teaching and unscriptural philosophy. Baptistic believers have never been part of the Catholic church. We are not “Protestants.” We did not come out of the Catholic church. There have been believers holding to the Baptist Distinctives since the time of Christ that has run parallel to every other Christian group. They have been called by many different names throughout history, but their fundamental beliefs have been very similar.
Catholic History teaches (more…)
You are closer to Heaven than you think! Only five simple steps separate you from eternal joy with God in Heaven. Follow these steps to settle your eternal destination.
1. THINK ABOUT YOUR SOUL.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
When is the last time you considered the miracle of your existence? Why are you here? Why can you think, reason and feel far above the animal kingdom? Are you a temporary cosmic accident with no true purpose? Is there nothing beyond the mysterious veil of death? My friend, you have a lot to think about before you dismiss the afterlife and the eternal destination of your soul! The Bible teaches that you are a special creation of God. You are here because He wanted you to exist. He has given you an eternal soul that will live forever. Long after your body expires, you will still be, know, and feel. Your soul includes your personality and the part of you that is reading, understanding these words, and thinking about them right now.
Most people will enter eternity without ever truly thinking about their soul beyond popular quotes, philosophical bullet points, or preconceived ideas. Take the time to learn what God says in the Bible about salvation before you wager your soul (more…)
The Believer’s most powerful ally is the Holy Spirit Who dwells within. Do you know what He is trying to accomplish in your life? Do you know what He wants to do to help you? Are you allowing Him to do His job?
Before our Lord Jesus Christ returned to Heaven, He comforted the Disciples with the revelation that He would leave them the Holy Spirit as their Helper and Comforter.
Wow! God placed a Member of the Trinity within His children! He is in you right now. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He wants to supercharge your life. There is divine power, wisdom, insight, and more available to you through the Holy Ghost! Yet, most Christians are unaware of His ministry.
The Holy Spirit is the least understood Member of the Godhead, yet He is the One we interact with most intimately in this life. I encourage you to begin the journey of getting to know Him and experiencing all He has to offer.
What is He trying to do in your life today? How can He help you? Are you filled with Him? What limits His work in your life? (more…)
I will be teaching a session at the Quad State Sunday School Conference on Saturday. This is a training meeting where several hundred believers gather for instruction and motivation for the Sunday School ministry. Please say a pray for the conference and for my session. I’ll be teaching on the subject “Stop Wasting Your Time and Do This First”.
I’ve attached a pic from last year. If you are in the area, come enjoy the conference!
2016 Quad State Sunday School Conference
||September 9, 2017
||12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
||2017 Quad State Sunday School Conference
||Stop Wasting Your Time & Do This FIRST!
Pastor Mike Dinges and Peoples Baptist Church in Clifton, NJ
||1350 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Serving God is a great privilege and a heavy responsibility. These four simple ingredients will lift your ministry effectiveness to new heights.
This outline was recently taught at our monthly Leadership Meeting for all ministry workers and helpers. I pray it will be a blessing to you as well.
Preparation is vital to success. The servant of God must have time to prepare His mind, heart, and material. Build preparation time into your schedule.
- Preparation of Schedule
- Preparation of Walking with God
- Preparation of a Holy Life
- Preparation of Hard Work
- Preparation of Bible Material
2 Timothy 2:21 “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”
Don’t get swept up in the craziness of life. You will need to purge some things from your life in order to (more…)